Sicario: Day of the Soldado
The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
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Sicario: Day of The Soldado feels like an unnecessary addition to the first film, offering little more than intense action sequences.
"Full offense but Emily Blunt should’ve been in this movie"
Actually: maybe this movie shouldn’t have been made in the first place (especially without her; I felt that her character from the first movie had the most potential to grow in a sequel) Additionally, this movie was sort of aimless; it seemed more like a bunch of plot points haphazardly jumbled together than a cohesive, logical story. The ending left a weird impression on me. And it lacked the good cinematography that made the first movie more compelling.
"(Re)watch the first Sicario instead"
C+. Disclaimer, some people liked it more than me. I found it a bit unfocused, and I’m not quite sure what it wanted it’s main themes to be. There is plenty of military porn though (if you’re into that), and some good action. (Re)watch the first Sicario instead.
"The little girl character was basically a prop"
The first Sicario was great both for what it did and didn't show on screen. It had some beautiful RD cinematography and tense action sequences, but it also told a story of a morally convicted, strong woman living in a world of corrupt, brute-force kind of thinking. This contrast provided interest for the narrative.
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"Wannabe D. Villeneuve feat. Wannabe Roger Deakins"
I was not a huge fan of the first film, and this sequel left me wondering why they would try to create a worthy followup without the original's masterful director and cinematographer. And, as much as everyone involved wants me to believe the writer always intended this to be a trilogy, I can't help but think this was made in order to milk as much cash out of Benecio Del Toro's beloved side character as possible.
"A disappointing sequel that was solid until the end"
"Not a masterpiece, but still a solid thriller.
Not as good as the first (how could it be), but still definitely worth seeing. It is an unforgiving, bleak, dirty movie which purposely leaves you feeling a bit hopeless. It has some of the more visceral and intense scenes of the year, along with excellent performances across the board.
“Forget the slow burn of the original; this sequel goes for it... And succeeds.”
While the first Sicario is good because of the moral dilemmas and beautiful cinematography, this one is good for its adrenaline filled action scenes and unwillingness to compromise. Just because it’s not as artfully done does not make it a lesser film. See the first one and then go see Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado.